With all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, fast bowler Stephen Harmison and swing specialist Matthew Hoggard all not fit for Test cricket, it was no surprise that England kept faith with the same group of bowlers they had available for the seven-wicket second Test defeat at Trent Bridge, which ended last Tuesday.
However, uncapped pace bowler Stuart Broad will be pushing hard for a Test debut at The Oval, where the third Test starts Thursday.
Pitches at the London venue tend to reward tall bowlers such as Broad and Chris Tremlett capable of extracting sharp bounce. If Broad were to play he would most likely take the place of swing bowler James Anderson.
England, despite being bowled out for a first innings 198 at Trent Bridge, made no changed to their batting line-up.
If India avoid defeat at The Oval they will will win only their third Test series in England following successes in 1971 and 1986.
England squad: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), Alastair Cook (Essex), Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Ian Bell (Warwickshire, Matt Prior (Sussex, wk), Chris Tremlett (Hampshire), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Stuart Broad (Leicestershire).